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Scholarships to study in the Netherlands

For more than 130 year, the Foundation Study Fund for South African Students (SSF) financially supports South African students. 

Dutch universities increasingly welcome foreign students into their course programmes. To enable students from South Africa (Master’s and PhD) to apply, the SSF provides scholarships.

What is the foundation study fund for South-African Students?

The SSF grants scholarships to South-African students who wish to do part of their studies, for a period up to six months, at a Dutch university, with the goal of gaining a Master’s or PhD degree in South Africa.

The SSF does not grant full scholarships to for a Dutch or South African university degree.

The SSF also provides travel allowances for short visits to the Netherlands to do research, attend academic courses, conferences and Master classes.


The Foundation Study Fund for South African Students (SSF) is connected with the Stichting Zuid-Afrikahuis Nederland. The SSF was founded (under a different name) in 1885, and is rooted in the historical ties between the Netherlands and South-Africa. Today the Foundation wants to contribute to the new, democratic South-Africa by giving young, bright South-African students  the opportunity to gain access to high-quality education and research in the Netherlands.

Traditionally, the Dutch and Afrikaans languages are closely connected, and scholarships were mostly granted in the realm of languages, literature, art, history and theology. Nowadays the SFF has broadened its scope, and students from all disciplines are invited to apply.

Frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the selection criteria for an application?

To be eligible for a SSF Scholarship you:

  • Should have have the South African nationality;
  • Should be registered as a student at a South African university;
  • Should be accepted at one of the Dutch universities or recognised research institutions
  • Should have good working knowledge of the relevant language of instruction (Dutch or English).

What types of academic activities can I embark on with a SSF scholarship?

  • The SSF prioritises college series that are part of, or contribute to, the completion of your Master or PhD studies/research at a university in South Africa;
  • Study visits that contribute towards the completion of collaborative research projectsinvolving Dutch and South African academics;
  • Taught courses (covering a period of three to six months), the credits of which are accepted towards the completion of your South African post-graduate degree course;
  • Research activities that can be completed within three to six months and that contribute towards the completion of your South African post-graduate degree course;
  • Travel allowances to the Netherlands to do research (also for non-degree purposes), attend academic courses, conferences and master classes.

What does the Study Fund scholarship cover financially?

  • For a Masterstudent  € 970 monthly. This amount is meant to cover all monthly expenses (including medical insurance, rent, and the costs of visa).
  • For a PhD student € 1190,- monthly. This amount, as above, is meant to cover all monthly expenses (including medical insurance, rent, and the costs of visa).
  • Additionally a ‘one time amount’ of  € 1000 can be granted to cover travel costs.
  • A travel allowance for short visits amounts  € 1200 p.p.

How to apply

How to apply?

Step 1. Admission to a (Dutch) university or study programme

Before you can apply for a scholarship, you first will have to apply for admission to a study programme in the Netherlands. A letter of admittance is one of the (important) documents you need to apply for a scholarship. 

Step 2. Application form and necessary documents

Complete the application form and attach the following documents:

  • Letter of admission of the Dutch university / study programme of your choice
  • A short overview of your academic records after leaving (secondary)school
  • Copies of (academic) certificates and academic records;
  • Study plan: a short description (maximum 2 x A4) of your planned study in the Netherlands for a period from three to six months.

[Please see that you answer the following questions: 1. Problem statement 2.- Why do you want to study at the mentioned Dutch university or institution?3. Who will be your particular tutor?]

  • Ask your South African study coordinator/professor/research mentor to send us (directly and confidentially) a reference letter to support your request for financial support

31 January for studies starting in September

31 May for studies starting in February next year

Where to apply:
Send your application form and attachments in one e-mail to

Make sure that you start well in advance applying for a study visa at the Dutch Embassy in Pretoria or the Dutch Consulate in Cape Town.
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Pretoria
210 Florence Ribeiro /Queen Wilhelmina Avenue
Cnr Muckleneuk Street
0181 New Muckleneuk
Telephone: +(27) (12) 425 4500
Opening hours:
Monday – Thursday: 08.00 – 17.00 hrs
Friday: 08.00 – 13.00 hrs.

Dutch Consulate  General Cape Town
Strandstraat 100
Kaapstad 8001
Telephone: (27) (21) 421 5660
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 08.00 – 17.00 hrs
Friday: 08.00 – 13.00 hrs


A grant of a scholarship is subject to the following rules and regulations.

After arrival in the Netherlands you are kindly asked to present yourself in person at the secretary of the Studyfund (Zuid-Afrikahuis, Keizersgracht 141 – C  Amsterdam). The secretary may ask you to identify yourself by showing your passport. No payments whatsoever are made before this presentation.

Once your term as holder of a scholarship is over, it cannot be renewed.

Scholarships are awarded for a maximum period of six months.

Half way through your studies, the foundation could ask either your Dutch or South African tutor whether they are satisfied with your work. The Foundation reserves the right to end the scholarship.

If you decide to amend your study plan, you’ll have to notify the Foundation by email.

If it becomes known that you use your scholarship for any other purpose than mentioned above, the foundation reserves the right to end the scholarship immediately.

If you receive any other scholarship in either South Africa or the Netherlands, and if you don’t notify the foundation, you may lose the scholarship from the Foundation. You have to inform the foundation of any scholarships you have applied for – before or after applying for this one.

For the scholarship to be acknowledged, the Foundation requires:

  • A report on your activities (both academic and social) must be sent to the Foundation no later than two months after your scholarship has ended. This small report shouldn’t be longer than one page A4.
  • A copy of your publications, or theses as a result of your specific research or study in the Netherlands should be sent to the library of the Zuid-Afrikahuis, Keizersgracht 141 – C 1015 CK Amsterdam.
  • It is highly appreciated when you give any acknowledgement to the Foundation Study Fund for South African Students in your publications. .

The scholarship will be terminated immediately and any payments that were received will have to be paid back:

  • If any of the information supplied on the application form is found to be untrue.
  • If the holder arrives in the Netherlands too late to take part in the intended activity.
  • If the holder is forced to withdraw from the activity.

The Board’s decisions are final. No correspondence relating to these decisions will be entered into.


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